Welcome to UPSC Preparation 2017

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is one of the many constitutional body in India. It is authorized to conduct competitive examinations and interviews for recruitment of civil services, defence services and posts under the Union Government or Central Government.

Indian Civil Service serves as the backbone of Indian administrative machinery. Career in civil services offers prestigious opportunities and responsibilities. India's best minds strive for entry into the All India Civil Services as IAS (Indian Administrative Service), IFS (Indian Forest Service) and IPS (Indian Police Service) officers.

If you aspire to become an Civil Servant you need to pass three levels.

  1. UPSC Preliminary
  2. UPSC Mains
  3. UPSC Interview

The Union Public Service Commission conducts the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination which is common for the candidates applying for Civil Services Examination and Indian Forest Service Examination, and acts as a screening mechanism for selection of candidates for the Civil Services (Main) Examination and Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination.

The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry maximum of 400 marks. This exam is only a screening test; the marks obtained in the prelims are only for qualifying for main exam and are not counted for determining final order of merit.

Prelims Paper Duration Questions Marks
Paper I - General Studies 2 Hours 100 200
Paper II - CSAT 2 Hours 80 200
Total 400

In General Studies Paper - II, minimum qualifying marks is 33%. You will be selected for Mains exam based total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper - I.

Syllabus for Preliminary Examination

Paper I - General Studies

  1. Current Affairs: Events of national and international importance
  2. History: History of India and Indian National Movement
  3. Indian and World Geography: Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  4. Indian Polity and Governance: Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  5. Economic and Social Development: Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  6. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change (no subject specialization required)
  7. General Science
Indian Economy Full Syllabus History of India Full Syllabus Indian Polity Full Syllabus Environment, Bio-Diversity Full Syllabus General Science Full Syllabus Current Affairs Full Syllabus

Last 5 Years Questions Analysis

Subjects 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
History 19 16 20 17 17
Geography 17 18 14 16 7
Indian Polity 20 16 14 13 6
Indian Economy 17 9 10 13 28
Environment 17 17 18 11 19
Current Affairs and Misc 1 0 8 22 10
Total 100 100 100 100 100

Paper II - Civil Service Aptitude Test

  1. Comprehension
  2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  4. Decision making and problem solving
  5. General mental ability
  6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc.) (Class X level)
  7. Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. - Class X level)
  8. English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level)

Questions Analysis

Topics No. of Questions
Comprehension 28
English Comprehension 9
Quantitative Aptitude 13
Logical Reasoning 13
Data Interpretation 9
Decision Making and Problem Solving 8
Total 80

Note: It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) examination. The candidate will be disqualified in case he or she appears in only one paper of the (Prelims) exam. So appearing in both the papers is mandatory for the evaluation of the (Prelims) exam.


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